Woman gives birth in voter queue in Kenya

A Kenyan woman gave birth at a polling station on Tuesday Photo: Reuters

NAIROBI - Some Kenyans braced long queues, others rain and chilly weather, but one woman gave birth while in line to vote in general elections on Tuesday.

And she still made sure to vote.

A heavily pregnant Paulina Chemanang felt fine when she left to vote early at a polling station in remote West Pokot country, she told local radio Capital FM.

"I had no labour pains. They just came as soon as I arrived here. I was not feeling anything since yesterday," she said.

When she went into labour bystanders helped her give birth to a baby girl, while still at the polling station.

After a trip to a local health clinic, she returned and cast her ballot.

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"Now I am happy because I have given birth and I have voted," she told the radio station. "Having given birth at a polling station is a blessing to me and I: thank God."

Kenyans are voting in six elections, including a too-close-to-call race between President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, and longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Balloting at the 41,000 polling stations across the country was relatively calm, though there had been delays in some areas due to equipment failure and rain.

Chemanang's Pokot ethnic group often name their children according to events or seasons, and the woman she had named her daughter Chepkura, which refers in Swahili to the elections.



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